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Boys Tennis: Warriors stretch conference winning streak to 7

Brainerd hosts Willmar May 12

Brainerd Boys tennis vs Willmar
Brainerd's Noah Madsen returns the ball against Willmar Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Brainerd High School.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — The sun was shining on the Brainerd Warriors as they continued to be undefeated in Central Lakes Conference play with a 7-0 win over Willmar Thursday, May 12.

Three singles players won their matches 6-0, 6-0 including No. 1 singles player Beck Barber, No. 2 single player Matthew Moraghan and No. 3 singles player Eli McConkey.

“We were really happy to play because the weather did not look good and we’ve had a lot of different cancellations and reschedules and they were ready to play,” Warriors head coach Ellen Fussy said. “It’s really encouraging me because we have some big matches coming up.”

Fussy was impressed with No. 1 doubles team Karlton Anderson and Noah Madsen in how they dispatched their opponent 6-1, 6-2.

“They had a little bit of a slow start,” she said. “But they came out and decided to play hard.”

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Clark Haglin and Will Aadland won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles and Riley Pike and Jalen Emslander won at No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 4 singles, Gavin Jacobsen completed the sweep for the Warriors with a 6-1, 6-2 win.

“I told them to come out and play hard,” Fussy said. “They had to think about where they were going to put the ball and just always be thinking and I think they came out with an aggressive attitude and took care of business.”

Thursday's match started a busy stretch for the Warriors, who play Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Brainerd Boys tennis vs Willmar
Brainerd's Beck Barber returns the ball against Willmar Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Brainerd High School.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Friday is a conference match against Alexandria while Saturday is a section triangular against Cambridge-Isanti and Blaine. Then, Monday is a rematch against St. Cloud, who Brainerd beat 4-3 earlier in the season.

“You want to play better each practice, each match,” Fussy said. “You want to see improvement on the things you are working on. I’m really proud of the guys because they have really started to gel.”

The Warriors sit 7-0 in conference right now and 11-7 overall. Fussy said she’s found a good lineup combination for her team.

“We have our three lineups that we are going to use at sections in,” Fussy said. “We played around with our lineups and now we have those three lineups. Any of those three give us a good chance to win against any opponent we see.”

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Brainerd 7, Willmar 0

Singles

No. 1: Beck Barber (Brd) def. David Thaden 6-0, 6-0

No. 2: Matthew Moraghan (Brd) def. Josh Jensen 6-0, 6-0

No. 3: Eli McConkey (Brd) def. Miguel Garcia 6-0, 6-0

No. 4: Gavin Jacobsen (Brd) def. Mateo Engan 6-1, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1: Karlton Anderson-Noah Madsen (Brd) def. Andrew Ziebarth-Jorge Velasquez 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Clark Haglin-Will Aadland (Brd) def. Aaron Marthaler-Brandon Valladaves 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Riley Pike-Jalen Emslander (Brd) def. Ryan Newberg-Gabe LaRue 6-2, 6-1

Warriors 7, Willmar 0
Key: Warriors make things look easy against Willmar.
Conference: Brd 7-0, Wil 0-8.
Overall: Brd 11-7, Wil 2-11.
Next: Brainerd at Alexandria 4 p.m. Friday, May 13.

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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